Home Health Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

by Gemma Melling

Spotting the signs of skin cancer can save your life – but many of us just don’t take the dangers of over-exposure to the sun, or tanning beds, seriously enough.

As the hot weather arrives in Knowsley this week, make sure you know how to keep yourself and your family safe in the sun  – and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

As part of the ‘It’ campaign in Knowsley, which is encouraging people to take action at the first signs and symptoms of cancer, anyone who suspects they may have the signs of skin cancer is being asked to get themselves checked out. Cllr Joan Lilly did – and it saved her life. Read her story here.

Sun cream can protect you from harmful UV rays

You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by following these simple tips:

  • Stay out of the heat between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
  • Apply sunscreen regularly – minimum factor 15 – and about 30 minutes before going out in the sun
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat/scarf
  • Ensure babies, children and very fair skinned people avoid direct sunlight
  • Know the dangers of using sunbeds. Regular sunbed use can increase the risk of skin cancer
  • Remember fake or spray tans can give you a tanned look – with a lot less damage to your skin.

The ‘It’ Campaign

To really make a difference to the lives of Knowsley’s residents, Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board wants absolutely everyone to get involved with ‘it’, and encourages support from local businesses, health centres and community groups.

To keep up to date with ‘it’, be sure to like the campaign on Facebook, or follow ‘it’ on Twitter.